According to reports, Microsoft will be unveiling the latest iteration of its desktop OS on 30 September
Windows 9, which has been dubbed Threshold, is set to be the next major release of the company’s desktop software and will be known as Windows 9 when it officially launches in the spring of 2015.
Microsoft is said to be focusing more on making the new Windows experience better for those using non-touch devices, with Windows 8 roundly criticised by mouse-and-keyboard users for being too touch-focused.
Microsoft begun to address these concerns with the Windows 8.1 update last year, and this will continue with Windows 9.
Among the additions to feature in the eWindows 9 release are:
- A mini Start Menu returning to the desktop
- “Windowed” Metro-style apps
- Virtual desktops
- Cortana integration
- Removal of the Charm bar
Microsoft has stated its intention of having a much more rapid update cycle for Windows software, similar to its update cycle for Windows Phone mobile software, as such the preview set to become available at the end of September is likely to be accessible not just to developers but to the public as well, unlike the Windows 8 preview which was initially only available to developers.